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Where did the superstition of spilling salt would lead to bad luck came from?

Being man’s first food seasoning, preservative and even medicine, salt has become a precious commodity since time immemorial.  Hence, spilling valuable salt is like taunting the fates that could lead to bad luck.

Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper where Judas Iscariot was depicted spilling the table salt intensify the connection between salt and tragedy.

The belief that tossing spilled salt over the left shoulder to counter bad luck came from the notion that good spirits sat on the right shoulder and evil on the left. This is done to spite the devil and bring back good luck.

In other cultures, however, salt is deliberately spilled as a cleansing ritual.  In Asia, salt is scattered on the floors of a new home to attract good fortune.

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